Regional Briefs – February 23, 2016

Elderly Woman Burned When Her Clothes Catch Fire

BARNEGAT, N.J. – An elderly woman was seriously burned Tuesday when her clothes caught fire while she was cooking pancakes and tea, The Associated Press reported. Ann Honebein, 83, called her daughter and she was taken to a burn center in Philadelphia.

NYPD Makes Public More Crime Statistics

NEW YORK – The NYPD on Tuesday made public a tool that maps a week’s worth of crime throughout the five boroughs. Previously, only major crime data was available. Now, the data contains the date, time and specific crime. Data will be available for a week at a time.

Hospital to Pay $1M to Family of Eric Garner

NEW YORK – The hospital that dispatched paramedics to treat Eric Garner as he died during an arrest attempt will pay $1 million to the family, The Associated Press reported. Richmond University Medical Center paramedics and EMTs were initially suspended without pay but were since reinstated.

Cuomo Hits the Road to Push $15 Minimum Wage Plan

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday continued his push to raise the minimum wage to $15 with a road trip Tuesday in an RV emblazoned with “Drive for $15,” The Associated Press reported. Business groups oppose the move, which they say would raise prices and reduce employee hours.

What’s a Hate Crime? Brooklyn DA Hosting Event

BROOKLYN – Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson will hold a seminar on understanding the legal definition of a hate crime on Thursday. It will be held at the Boro Park Y at 4912 14th Ave. at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to GurevicA@BrooklynDA.org.

Smoking Passenger Hijacked NYC Bus

NEW YORK – A passenger angry that a bus driver told her to stop smoking took the vehicle for a brief joy ride early Tuesday morning. The bus driver noticed the woman smoking and asked her to extinguish her cigarette. When she refused, he asked her to get off the bus. The woman became irate and the driver began transferring riders to another bus. She then jumped into the driver’s seat and started driving off. The woman was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.